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2016 World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day News


Also see US State recognition for World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day.


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More Global Benzo News

For more comprehensive global news on benzodiazepines, please visit the benzo.org.uk media archive


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My Activities

Dec 2015 - July 2016: Established World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day.

April 2015: Took part in a meeting at Medwatcher Japan in preparation for a written request to the Japanese government; demanding stricter controls for prescription benzodiazepines. The request was submitted by Medwatcher Japan on 28th October 2015.

October 2014: Gave a presentation to highlight the dangers of “miss-prescribing” benzodiazepines and similar drugs at the International Society of Addiction Medicine World Congress at the Pacifico Yokohama Conference Center in Yokohama, Japan.

March 2014: Launched this website (Benzo Case) in the hope that others are able to benefit from the sharing of my experiences and assorted information.

March 2013: Coordinated an enquiry between a Japanese doctor and Prof. Ashton to help clarify ways to treat patients who had been stupified by being prescribed excessive doses of benzodiazepines.

January 2013: Arranged permission to have The Ashton Manual in Japanese printed as a hard copy to help improve access for elderly people.


August 2012: Coordinated an interview between Prof. Ashton and the Yomiuri Newspaper for a newspaper article to help raise awareness regarding some of the problems with benzodiazepines in Japan.

Mid 2012: Assisted with translating The Ashton Manual in Japanese which was published on August 19, 2012.

Feb 2003 ~ Oct 2011: Fought a torrid battle (in Japanese) for nearly 10 years (including preparation time) through to the Supreme Court of Japan to help get recognition for the pain and suffering caused by prescription benzodiazepines, both in my own case and throughout society in general. My lawyer and I fought this case in earnest to try and set a precedent with a view to lobbying for safer benzodiazepine prescription guidelines in Japan, and to help raise greater awareness in general (See Case Section).


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About news

Some news articles above are asking why after so long (55 years) are benzodiazepines still causing problems, such as the increased death rate.

However the answer is clear. It’s because world governments have continually allowed the drug companies, with their profit making agendas, to dominate the health industry, without putting proper regulations in place. Therefore, ultimate responsibility for this human tragedy lies squarely on the shoulders of the politicians (See: Who’s Responsible).

In much of the media many reporters tend to use the unfortunate words “abuse”, “misuse”, “addicts” etc. when referring to patients or individuals.

Without being put into proper context, these types of words are stigmatizing many innocent people (otherwise normal everyday people) who were simply following their doctor’s orders (See Let's Stop the Stigmatization).

The word “disorder” is also misleading, and is overly used to justify the prescribing of these dangerous drugs, when in fact, in most cases, some anxiety and stress is a completely ‘normal’ reaction to certain life situations.


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About this Site

This website has been constructed by me personally for the purpose of raising awareness about doctor induced benzodiazepine drug dependency and litigation problems.

The purpose of this site does not include any form of retribution. Also, for privacy reasons the defendants’ names along with certain other names have been omitted from all public documentation contained herein.

There are no other persons / parties involved and it in no way represents any organization or activist type movements.

It is not intended as medical or legal advice – please see Disclaimer.

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3-11

As someone who has experienced both doctor induced benzo dependency and the effects of the 3-11 disaster, I immediately became concerned about the overprescribing of prescription drugs to the many thousands of people in the disaster areas.

As it happened, I was writing my Supreme Court appeal in the midst of the disaster, so I took this opportunity to try and raise the alarm by including the following passage in my closing comments…

See this Section

The Japan Times

Most surprising of all, the high court relied on the packaging produced by the pharmaceutical company to determine the dosage at which benzodiazepines could be deemed addictive.

“I don't feel like I lost, I feel like I won and the court failed,” he says. “It feels like they were protecting the doctors and failed to protect society.” "What I want to do is use my experience and the material generated through my case to provide a resource to others who are dependent or may become dependent."

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The purpose of this site does not include any form of retribution.
Also, for privacy reasons the defendants’ names along with certain other names have been omitted from all public documentation contained herein.
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